Midwives reveal the 3 things that can boost your chances of getting pregnant – as they launch FREE advice hub

A GROUP of midwives is on a mission to help Irish couples overcome fertility issues – with a FREE new information center.

The MyExpertMidwife team has also introduced a non-profit conception package to help people maximize their chances of conceiving naturally.

MyExpertMidwife founder Lesley Gilchrist says the free information center can help expectant parents get pregnant

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MyExpertMidwife founder Lesley Gilchrist says the free information center can help expectant parents get pregnant
A free information center offers advice that can increase couples' chances of getting pregnant

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A free information center offers advice that can increase couples’ chances of getting pregnant

The information center, which is completely free to access, contains information for men and women and aims to educate people about the science of conception.

These include tips that can boost your chances of getting pregnant – including how to track your cycle and understand body directions.

According to the HSE, one in six heterosexual couples in Ireland can experience infertility while trying to conceive.

Eighty-five percent of these couples will naturally conceive a child after one year of trying. This figure rises to 95 percent after two years.

However, the remaining 5 percent may need assisted reproduction with the help of a reproductive specialist.

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Lesley Gilchrist, registered midwife and CEO of My Expert Midwife, said: “Planning and preparing to become pregnant is associated with better outcomes and improved health for women, children and families.

“Our team of registered midwives has created our free-to-access information center to reach as many people as possible who want to conceive, and through our non-profit ‘Trying to Conceive Kit’ we hope for a no-frills toolkit that people can help to accurately track their cycles at an affordable price.

“Whether people want to know more about fertility before trying a baby, or for those already trying to conceive, the Trying to Conceive Hub and Kit can help improve understanding of the subject and provide reassurance and support.”

The hub contains videos, blogs, a printable ovulation card and calculator, and a downloadable e-book that will all be available for access from MyExpertMidwife.ie.

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The guide provides information that explains the reproductive process and provides a guideline to help women and men find their most fertile periods.

For women, vaginal discharge and body temperature provide clues about the times when they have a better chance of getting pregnant.

Hormones, a healthy diet and lifestyle choices are also important factors.

The non-profit Trying To Conceive set includes a book ‘Your Guide To Trying To Conceive’, three months of ovulation sticks, a thermometer to measure basal body temperature, ovulation chart and pregnancy tests.

HOW TO IMPROVE PREGNANCY CHANCES

3 steps to improve your chances of getting pregnant

STEP 1

Regular sex: It may seem obvious, but follow your chart when you have sex to help you understand how it coincides with other factors such as temperature and secretion. Regular sex is key, every 2-3 days, especially in the middle of the cycle and to ensure that ejaculation is in the vagina.

STEP 2

Mapping It involves daily recording of your vaginal discharge, basal body temperature (BBT), changes to your cervix and any other symptoms. By keeping pace for a few months, you will begin to know your pattern and be able to more accurately determine when you ovulate and which days are your most fertile.

STEP 3

Ovulation sticks They use your urine to measure the level of a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) which is at its highest when your body is close to ovulating. It is best to use your afternoon for more accurate results, and to start using the sticks when you are almost halfway through your cycle.

Portable Fertility Devices You can now buy fertility watches and fertility tracking bracelets that measure and analyze things like your sweat, temperature, breathing rate and / or resting pulse, pick up changes that occur as you approach ovulation and alert you when you are at your most fertile. Some of these devices will also connect to your smartphone.

Do you always ovulate? Illness, stress, excessive weight gain or weight loss and other lifestyle habits can interfere with ovulation, resulting in about 15% of women who have menstruation not releasing an egg every month. If you have been trying to conceive without success for more than a year when you are younger than 36 years old, or 6 months if you are older than 36 years old, talk to your family doctor for further help.

The non-profit kit costs € 22 and includes ovulation sticks and other detection necessities

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The non-profit kit costs € 22 and includes ovulation sticks and other detection necessities


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